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WATCH: Sea Turtle Swimming

Only seen a couple of times a decade by a local whale-watching crew, here's some footage of an endangered sea turtle in its natural habitat.

Throughout the years, the crew at Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari – who are obviously hunting for dolphins and whales – have spotted a sea turtle.

In fact, Captain Dave Anderson's best guess is that he's only seen one a couple of times in the last decade.

But recently, Anderson and crew spotted a loggerhead sea turtle about 3 feet big, swimming approximately 2 1/2 miles off Dana Point. Loggerhead sea turtles are the largest hard-shelled turtles, Anderson said.

"Turtles are very rarely seen in the open ocean off Orange County so passengers and crew alike were very excited by this unique sighting," Anderson said. "Though loggerheads are the most numerous of all the marine turtle species in the US, threats like pollution and fishing gear entanglement remain a problem and have kept this animal on worldwide endangered lists."

First mate Mark Tyson, dubbed this not-so little guy, "Tudor."  

Marlene Beal November 25, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Good video footage ~thanks!
Smokey Bear November 30, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Wow that is amazing!! How did it get here, will it be OK, there are no other turtles around. Where do you think it actually came from, how far did it swim to end up in Dana Point? I wish I would have been on board when you saw that turtle. I hope he/she will be OK!!

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